Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, the period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor (finally) release on January 25.
While we don’t even need to tell you about all the drama around the movie, here’s the gist: Protests happened, death threats were uttered, effigies were burned and bounties were offered. Comedian Varun Grover tried encapsulate the entire story of Padmaavat into an 8-minute long stand up, and he was pretty spot on.
In a video titled Padmaavat and the Parrot, Grover begins by taking a jibe at the protesters saying that he too would be as outraged because of the designer jewelry on display in the trailer. He then goes on to take a dig at Shahid Kapoor who plays Maharawal Ratan Singh in the movie – “When Shahid saw that effigies of Deepika Padukoone, Ranveer Singh and Sanjay Leela Bhansali were burnt, he must’ve wanted his effigy to be burnt too thinking, ‘Hey, I’m in the movie too.’”
He then narrates the story of Padmaavat in a nutshell. He talks about Hiraman, the talking parrot who happened to be Padmini’s only companion thanks to her strict dad. But since he ‘talked too much’, he was to be put to death. Hiraman flies to Maharawal Ratan Singh and talks about Padmini’s beauty, and the already-married king is ‘smitten’. This causes a chain of events that frame the entire Padmavat epic.
Varun’s take on the ‘confusing’ name change:
On Shahid Kapoor getting sidelined:
On Alauddin Khilji’s entry:
“So basically, if the parrot was killed right in the beginning, today, Bhansali’s 180 crores wouldn’t be on the line,” said Grover as he finished his hilarious set. Check out the video right here: